Next to Never (Fall Away #4.5)

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4.5 ~ 5 STARS

"How could something be so right and so toxic at the same time"

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Wow I read this novella cover to cover last night. I'm still thinking about how brilliantly Penelope Douglas gifted the untold story of Katherine and Jason while in the present we are introduced to teenage Quinn. Quinn is their daughter and sister to Jared, Madoc, and Jax.

Quinn's all about doing what pleases her family as a senior in high school. She's hanging out with some great characters all of which are the offspring of prior characters of this series. Quinn has been harboring a HUGE crush on Lucas who had left town years prior and the story takes flight as she receives a book to read.

"someone sent the book to me for a reason."

This story isn't Quinn and Lucas' and I'm pretty sure that will follow this novella. It's what is delivered in the pages of the mysterious book that will completely capture your attention. Quinn is shocked that the names resemble her parents and her brothers and she gets a solid understanding of the love they shared when it was toxic and controlling and how they got to where they are in the present. My friends this was one well done journey. Katherine's pov was fantastic while being ugly and real and swoon-worthy and heart breaking.

"I'd never been his mother, because I never made the choice to. I grew up with him, not for him."

"The only person happy here was Jase, because he got the best of both worlds. And I was only happy when I saw him. Which was next to never. And for so long, I'd accepted it. Because I didn't think I deserved something more."

To be honest, I needed to ask a friend to refresh my memory on who Quinn was, but once I got the picture of who was who, this was a stellar installment in the series. This is a book worth reading about being the other woman, finding your self-worth for self, and loving yourself. Top all the above with some great characters that also have interesting storylines going on for themselves (and not in keep writing off of the original story replica sort of way) and this series may never end.

This is the prologue its on author's page but had to be cut from novella due to word count:

New York Times bestseller Penelope Douglas introduces Quinn, younger sister to Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon, in the latest novella in the series that began with Jared and Tate in Bully….

Quinn Caruthers has several problems.

Her father, Jason, and her three older brothers, Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon.

Under the close watch of the men in her family, Quinn has found it nearly impossible to spread her wings – or even date – without them jumping in to hover. And when a family friend – several years older – from her childhood captures her heart, she knows they’re going to be a problem. Lucas Morrow is a man – experienced, sophisticated, and important. And knowing her brothers, he may as well be forbidden.

But Lucas left town years ago and shows no signs of returning. Quinn knows she shouldn’t wait for him anymore.

But then a package turns up on her doorstep with no return address and its contents reveal family secrets that threaten to turn Quinn’s world upside down. She’s never asked about the tumultuous path of her parents’ romantic history, but she soon learns their happy marriage had a very rocky and passionate start.

As she begins to see things around her with new eyes, Quinn will have to make tough choices about whether she’ll keep waiting…or finally go after what she really wants.

*Next to Never is a 60,000 word novella from Quinn’s point-of-view. It is not her love story. That will be a full-length novel eventually. This story covers some family history, introduces the new generation, and catches up with the original couples.

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